Academic Skills Workshops for Graduate Students

We offer a range of online group workshops designed to help graduate students develop and excel throughout their academic journey. In these sessions, our professional facilitators share their expertise, demonstrate practical strategies for a range of academic tasks, and help you apply these tools to your own work.

Note: Workshop registration opens every two weeks beginning August 23. Please view the Workshop by Month listing for the applicable registration dates. 

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If you would like to be added to the waitlist for any workshop that has filled, email success@ualberta.ca.


Workshops by Month

September 2021
Table Caption: September workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Thurs., Sept. 9 Shifting Your Thinking about Writing in Graduate School Mon., Aug. 23, at Noon
Wednesdays, Starts Sept. 15 Getting Started on Your Thesis (4 sessions)
*see note in workshop description below
Mon., Sept. 6, at Noon
Wed., Sept. 22 Shifting Your Thinking about Writing in Graduate School Mon., Sept. 6, at Noon
Mon., Sept. 20 Reading Research Papers (Companion to Writing a Literature Review) Mon., Sept. 6, at Noon
Tues., Sept. 28 Managing Major Projects (thesis-based) Mon., Sept. 20, at Noon

 

October 2021
Table Caption: October workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Fri., Oct. 1 Communicating Effectively with Your Graduate Studies Supervisor Mon., Sept. 20, at Noon
Mon., Oct. 4 Giving Feedback Mon., Sept. 20, at Noon
Wed., Oct. 6 Receiving Feedback Mon., Sept. 20, at Noon
Fri., Oct. 8 Implementing Feedback Mon., Sept. 20, at Noon
Tues., Oct. 12 Polishing Presentations:
Refine Content and Visuals
Mon., Oct. 4, at Noon
Thurs., Oct. 14 Polishing Presentations: Audience Engagement Mon., Oct. 4, at Noon
Fridays, Starts Oct. 15 Getting Started on Your Thesis (4 sessions)
*see note in workshop description below
Mon., Oct. 4, at Noon
Tues., Oct. 19 Managing Major Projects (course-based) Mon., Oct. 4, at Noon
Wed., Oct. 20 Writing Your Thesis or Dissertation in Two Pages a Day Mon., Oct. 4, at Noon
Tues., Oct. 26 Reading Research Papers (Companion to Writing a Literature Review) Mon., Oct. 18, at Noon
Thursdays, Starts Oct. 28 Thesis Writer's Workshop (5 sessions)
*see note in workshop description below
Mon., Oct. 18, at Noon

 

November 2021
Table Caption: November workshop listing
Date Name Registration Opens
Tues., Nov. 2 Defending Your Dissertation or Thesis Mon., Oct. 18, at Noon
Wed., Nov. 3

Writing a Literature Review (Companion to Reading Research Papers)

Mon., Oct. 18, at Noon
Wed., Nov. 17 Editing a Chapter for Publication Mon., Nov. 1, at Noon
Fri., Nov. 19 Reading Research Papers (Companion to Writing a Literature Review) Mon., Nov. 1, at Noon
Mon., Nov. 29 Defending Your Dissertation (or Thesis) Mon., Nov. 15, at Noon

 


Workshops by Topic

Communication Skills

Communicating Effectively with Your Graduate Studies Supervisor

Establishing effective lines of communication with your Graduate Studies Supervisor is vital to a successful grad school experience. Learn strategies for establishing effective, efficient, and respectful methods of communication to help create an enriching graduate school experience.

Date: Friday, October 1, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Giving Feedback

Feedback is a key element in learning but can be especially challenging in academic situations. In this three-part series, we will discuss techniques for giving, receiving, and implementing feedback. In this first session, learn techniques for giving respectful feedback for both online and in-person academic environments.

Date: Monday, October 4, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Receiving Feedback

Feedback is a key element in learning but can be especially challenging in academic situations. In this three-part series, we will discuss techniques for giving, receiving, and implementing feedback. In the second session, learn and practice techniques for effective methods of interpreting feedback in order to advocate efficiently in both online and in-person academic environments.

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Implementing Feedback

Feedback is a key element in learning but can be especially challenging in academic situations. In this three-part series, we will discuss techniques for giving, receiving, and implementing feedback. Do you know how, when, and if you should use feedback to improve your academic work? In the third and final session, learn and practice techniques for negotiating changes, tracking feedback, and implementing feedback into your academic work.

Date: Friday, October 8, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Defending Your Dissertation (or Thesis)

Defending your dissertation or thesis is your opportunity to tell the world about your work. Strengthen your communication skills by learning how to appear confident, answer questions appropriately, engage with your audience, and more.

Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Date: Monday, November 29, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Polishing Remote Presentations: Refine Content and Visuals

Learn how to develop and deliver dynamic and engaging presentations in person or in online settings. In the first session of this two-part series, learn why it is important to get to know your audience before you begin creating your presentation. We will discuss presentation organization, whether or not to use scripts, and tips for designing visual slides.

Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Polishing Remote Presentations: Audience Engagement

Learn how to develop and deliver dynamic and engaging presentations in person or in online settings. In the second session of this two-part series, learn general presentation tips for creating engaging presentations, how to connect with your audience, and rehearsal strategies.

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

General Academic Skills

Managing Major Projects (for students in thesis-based programs)

Balancing your coursework, research, projects, and personal life can be difficult. Learn practical scheduling strategies to help you become more productive and less stressed, as well as strategies for dealing with procrastination.

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Managing Major Projects (for students in course-based programs)

Balancing your coursework, large projects, and personal life can be difficult. Learn practical scheduling strategies to help you become more productive and less stressed, as well as strategies for dealing with procrastination.

Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Reading Research Papers (companion to Writing a Literature Review)

Need to sort through numerous research papers and remember them? Learn to become more effective in your reading, manage multiple sources, and make the most of your time and effort.

Date: Monday, September 20, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: Free

Writing Skills

Writing an Effective Funding Proposal (asynchronous eClass)

Tackling that funding proposal but unsure of how to present your request? Learn strategies to increase the probability of positive responses to your scholarship or funding proposal.

Sign into the eClass using your UAlberta CCID and password.

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Getting Started on Your Thesis

This four-part course provides practical strategies for making the early stages of writing less stressful: by choosing an effective structure for a thesis, engaging readers’ interest early, framing chapters and paragraphs effectively, and constructing sentences strategically. You may take either Getting Started on Your Thesis OR A Thesis Writer’s Workshop in a given term but not both.

*NOTE: Prior to registering for this workshop, complete the Which Workshop Is Best for You? form. The form opens on Monday, September 6, 2021.

Dates: Wednesdays: September 15 - October 6, 2021
Times: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Dates: Fridays: October 15 - November 5, 2021
Times: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Shifting Your Thinking about Writing in Graduate School

This 45-minute session is intended for all graduate students who plan to undertake a major writing project. In the session, we will share strategies for taking a proactive approach to writing in graduate school. Graduate students at any stage will benefit from the session.

Dates: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Times: 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Cost: Free

Dates: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Times: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Cost: Free

Thesis Writer’s Workshop

This intensive five-part course helps writers to develop effective thesis chapters. We read examples from the field, workshop students’ own drafts, and discuss principles of editing and project management. You may take either A Thesis Writer’s Workshop OR Getting Started on Your Thesis in a given term but not both.

*NOTE: Prior to registering for this workshop, complete the Which Workshop Is Best for You? form. The form opens on September 6, 2021.

Date: Thursdays: October 28 - November 18, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Writing Your Thesis or Dissertation in Two Pages a Day

You can write your thesis or dissertation in as little as two pages a day. Learn strategies for breaking your writing up into chunks (otherwise known as short sections). We will discuss how to use these blocks of text to build a chapter.

Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

Writing a Literature Review (companion to Reading Research Papers)

Having difficulty writing about others’ work without sounding redundant? Craft an effective literature review chapter for a thesis/dissertation in the social sciences. Writers in other disciplines may also benefit.

Dates: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Times: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Editing a Chapter for Publication

Looking to convert a chapter of your thesis into an article? With a focus on traditional thesis chapters, this workshop will explore strategies for: (a) reframing your text, (b) selecting a journal, and (c) responding to readers’ critiques.

Dates: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Times: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free

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